d’Overbroecks College keen to make use of Oxford's old Masonic lodge

The former Masonic Lodge in Banbury Road

The former Masonic Lodge in Banbury Road

First published in News
Last updated

 

Oxford's former Masonic lodge could be turned into a school building.

Independent school d’Overbroecks has announced plans to turn 333 Banbury Road into a sixth-form teaching site.

The development will be accompanied by plans to turn 376 Banbury Road into a sixth-form boarding house.

A public exhibition of the school’s plans will be held on Friday at 333 Banbury Road between 5.30pm and 7.30pm.

Principal Sami Cohen will be present to explain the proposals.

Developer Homespace had hoped to transform 333 Banbury Road into 17 family homes but this plan was thrown out by Oxford City Council.

The site was then was put on the market and bought by Carnegie Capital Estates, which is now working with d’Overbroecks — based in Banbury Road — on the new proposals.

Until September 2012 the site was home to the Oxford Centre, which was used as a Masonic lodge and conference centre.

It was put on the market by the Oxfordshire Masonic Hall Company last year, with eight members of staff made redundant. Its closure was put down to lack of conference trade, which made it increasingly difficult to cover maintenance and operating costs.

The centre sits in 1.3 acres of grounds. The original “villa” dates back to 1823. It was acquired by the Masons more than 50 years ago.

  • Do you want alerts delivered straight to your phone via our WhatsApp service? Text NEWS or SPORT or NEWS AND SPORT, depending on which services you want, and your full name to 07767 417704. Save our number into your phone's contacts as Oxford Mail WhatsApp and ensure you have WhatsApp installed.

Send your Letter to the Editor

11:20am Monday 28th July 2014

What do you think? We welcome letters from our readers on a wide variety of subjects and you can send us a letter through the blue headline above.


 

Our top stories

Snow across Oxfordshire - in readers' pictures + forecast

Oxford Mail:

7:43am Saturday 31st January 2015

IT'S been snowing overnight in Oxfordshire and here's some of the pictures our readers have sent in.

Record broken as more than £500,000 raised for Poppy Appeal

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Saturday 31st January 2015

THE POPPY Appeal’s fundraising target has been smashed in the county.

Man left with serious head injuries after being hit with wooden item during fight in Bicester

Oxford Mail: Foorball forges links between police and youngsters

3:17pm Saturday 31st January 2015

THREE men have been arrested after a man was left with "serious injuries," police say.

Healthcare worker brought back from Africa to UK for Ebola monitoring via Brize Norton

Oxford Mail: RAF logo

1:20pm Saturday 31st January 2015

A British military healthcare worker has been brought back to England for Ebola monitoring after suffering a needle-stick injury while treating a person in Sierra Leone.

Oxford United striker Danny Hylton says they are ready for Stevenage battle

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Saturday 31st January 2015

Danny Hylton has warned Oxford United will get “eaten alive” at Stevenage today unless they match their hosts’ appetite for a battle.

Celebrations as the Blavatnik building is 'topped out'

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Saturday 31st January 2015

BUILDERS and Oxford University dons have celebrated “topping out” one of Oxford’s newest and most prominent buildings.

 

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree